Published on July 4th, 2022 | by Charles Myambo0
Interview: Rihanna’s Multi-Platinum Producer Opens Up About The Industry, Curtis Richardson
Curtis Richardson is a globally respected producer, songwriter and A&R. Curtis is well educated and holds a journalism degree that has helped him with both his roles as a songwriter and A&R. The man is as decorated as they come. He is a multi-platinum & Grammy nominated star. Curtis has written and produced tracks for names such as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, David Guetta, Tiesto, John Legend and several other global superstars. Curtis is a NARAS voting member who has also won BMI and SOCAN awards. The man is the embodiment of globalism as he is also highly touted as a KPOP, JPOP and MANDOPOP creator. Moreover, he is verified on Instagram and other social media platforms under the name @curtisricha. This interview was conducted in front of an online live audience of over one thousand people. The Hype Magazine’s International correspondent, Charles Myambo (CM) sat down for this interview with Curtis Richardson (CR). Below are some excerpts from the interview.
CM: How was it working with Jennifer Lopez?
CR: Working with Jennifer Lopez was a dream come true. At the point we composed “All I Have”, I had not worked with an artist of her magnitude and stature before. She was megastar/ triple threat who already amassed 3 Number One Hits prior to working with me. I am so grateful to have helped her achieve her 4th Number One Billboard Hot 100 Hit along with my collaborators Makeba Riddick Woods, LL Cool J, David McPherson and DJ Ron G. “All I Have” featuring LL Cool J went on to spend 4 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. To say this milestone changed my life forever would be a massive understatement! So grateful for this achievement! Praise God!
CM: What are your thoughts on musicians becoming big without the help of a record label?
CR: For an artist to become successful without the assistance of a major record label is a huge feat. Honestly, it is almost impossible but it does happen and that is exciting for the new frontier of music. With the progression of technology, the next generation of artists can control their own destiny and their brand. This gives the artists more direct access to their fans and audience. I love this new era as it promotes more artists’ anatomy as they can be more directly involved in their business and careers overall.
CM: What tough-love advice would you have for aspiring musicians today?
CR: The best advice I can give aspiring musicians is to one, “Be A Student”. Learn the business and the mechanics of what you do before you become professional. Study the greats, read all the books, find a mentor or teacher who is willing to develop and groom you for this industry. “Music” is a “Business” and there is no avoiding it no matter what you do or accomplish. Second, build a solid team around you that is more experienced and knowledgeable than you. This team will help you navigate the ebbs and flow of your career. It’s imperative you protect yourself and your art from the get go. Have all the tools you need to succeed and maintain your success for the long haul. That’s my advice for all creators.